City man charged with strangulation


A city man was detained Tuesday after allegedly lifting a woman off the ground and strangling her, court documents stated.

Michael A. Mathews Jr., 37, was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones for one felony count of strangulation, among other charges, the criminal docket stated.

Mathews allegedly yelled obscenities at a woman, and when she became fearful and attempted to dial 911, he allegedly placed both of his hands around her neck and lifted her body off the floor.

As he allegedly strangled the victim, Mathews is accused of asking the victim if she had “enough yet” and said he would kill her, the criminal complaint stated.

Police said the victim attempted to scream for help out of an open window when Mathews allegedly grabbed her and placed a hand over her mouth and nose, pressing his hand tightly so she could not breathe.

Mathews allegedly threw the woman to the floor forcibly, causing injuries to her hips, back and arms, police said.

The woman was treated by AMED and released, court documents stated.

After taking Mathews into custody, police said they allegedly discovered a silver spoon with a white residue and a cotton Q-tip laying next to the spoon.

Unable to post cash bail of $50,000, Mathews is detained at the Blair County Prison.

He is set to appear before Jones on July 28 for a preliminary hearing.

Mirror Staff Writer Calem Illig is at 814-946-7535.


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